Last night mr. monk and I only got to snuggle for about an hour before I took off for Dracula: The Ballet. I promised him that today I would give him extra snuggles! So I stayed home with him and watched many dollhouse episodes, while making a black bean and butternut squash chili:
Wow, the rare chili that actually looks as good as it tastes! Here's the lowdown on this bad boy. I used dried black beans, and I didn't have the heat up high enough while I was simmering them, so they ended up too tough even though I simmered them for about 4 hours instead of the recommended 2. However, brightside, the squash here is AMAZING! The recipe suggested I could sprinkle sea salt on here as a garnish, and man, when the sea salt hits those simmered, soft chunks of squash: FIREWORKS! Butternut squash is now official on my em effing soup radar! I already have some new and exciting butternut squash soup possibilities bookmarked for next weekend! Although, they might have to wait for 2 weeks if I am cooked out after the upcoming Festive Vegetarian Challenge.